What’s On in Leicester and Lancaster for Chinese New Year

February 19th is a date to mark in your calendars. It is, after all, Chinese New Year – Year of the Sheep, in fact – and that means there’s gonna be a whole lot of celebratin’ over the coming days. So let’s take a cheeky gander at all the awesome events going on in Leicester and Lancaster, and how you can celebrate Chinese-style!

Leicester

The Chinese New Year Celebration Gala – Friday, 20th February 2015

Where: The Athena

When: 7pm

Fancying checking out some great traditional Chinese entertainment, coupled with plenty of performances? Then the Confucius Institute has got you covered. There’ll be a mix of singing, dancing and comedy from a wide range of cultural groups. And don’t forget the traditional Chinese dumplings that’ll be served up throughout the night. Tickets for the gala cost £12 and can be obtained by emailing the Confucius Institute.

 

Lancaster

Chinese New Year Funfair – Saturday, 21st February 2015

Where: Victoria Street, Morecambe

When: 11am – 5pm

Morecambe puts the fun into funfair with their unique New Year celebrations. Take a wander down Victoria Street, just south of the beach, and discover enticing food and drink stalls. Pop along to the Winter Gardens car park for a thrill-seeking funfair. And delight in the many performances that’ll be taking place – including the Northern Dragons Lion Dance Team, Blackpool’s Qilin Team and the Batala samba drumming group, who’ll be performing at 11:45am, 12:45pm and joining the epic parade which starts at 2pm.

 

Chinese New Year Carnival – Sunday, 1st March 2015

Where: Market Square, Lancaster

When: 10am – 5pm

This year will be Lancaster’s biggest celebrations yet! There’ll be not one, not three, but two stages featuring live performances. Market Square will play host to the Lebara Mobile Stage, where you can catch the Malaysian 24 Festival Drums, alongside the vibrant Northern Dragons and Hung Gar lion dance squads. And let’s not forget Blackpools Qinlin team and firm favourites, Lancaster’s Batala samba drumming team, who will be performing at 11:45am, 12:45pm. Then check out the incredible parade, which starts at 2pm on Penny Street.

 

10th Anniversary Gala

Where: Lancaster Town Hall

When: 12pm – 3pm

The 10th Anniversary Gala will be the ultimate celebration of the Year of the Sheep. The Hua Xian Chinese Society will be putting on an absolute must-see show featuring the Sichuan Performing Arts troupe. It’ll be a breathtaking display of martial arts, acrobatics and artistry that showcases some seriously amazing acts of human agility. Fun for all the family. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £8 for children under 16. Under-fives go free.

 

And now you’re all set to see in the Chinese New Year. Bit better than a drizzly firework or two along the Thames! You’ll feast on traditional Chinese foods and drop your jaw at these wonderful performances. Need more reasons to head here? How about our outstanding student accommodation in Leicester and Lancaster? For more info, simply contact us on (Lancaster) 01524 541 251 or (Leicester) 0116 251 7270 and our team will be delighted to assist.

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University Bucket List

University is a very unique time of life. While you get more independence when living away from home and making your own decisions day-to-day, you still don’t have to deal with a lot of the responsibilities associated with adult life. Sadly, university isn’t forever, but that just makes it all the more special. Here is our university bucket list – a list of things you need to do before you leave university.

Use Your Student Discount…FOR EVERYTHING!

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10% and 20% discounts may not seem like much, but you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Whether it’s a local takeaway, the hairdresser, Topshop or the cinema, use your student discount wisely. And by wisely, we mean all the time.

Go to Lectures in Your Pyjamas

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Going to a lecture in your pyjamas, or any other inappropriately comfortable clothing, has to be one of the most shameless things you can do while at university. It may be embarrassing, everyone including the lecturer will probably stare at you, but after a while you’ll be so comfy that you don’t care.

Gorge Like You’ve Never Gorged Before

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You’re in charge of what you eat, but still young enough to not feel bad about eating £40 worth of fast food in one sitting. Make the most of it; you’ve only got three or four years before you have to eat fruit and vegetables more than once a week.

Be a Freshers’ Rep

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If your university has a scheme for mentoring Freshers during Freshers’ Week, get involved! Not only do you get to relive your own Freshers’ Week, but you get to pass on some knowledge to the new students and make some new friends along the way. Don’t be shy!

Get Involved in Something Different

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Whether it’s a sport, activity or society, take a risk and do something you’ve never done before. At university, you are offered a range of activities and opportunities that you may never have the chance of trying out again. You may end up finding that it was the best decision you made at university.

Have Fun

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Whatever you do at university, make sure you look back on the experience and smile. It’s your time to discover who you are and what you want from life. You only have a limited time before you are out into the real world, so enjoy it.

We hope you enjoyed reading our university bucket list. Enjoy yourselves this term and let your hair down before exams roll around. If you are looking for Lancaster University accommodation, CityBlock offer a range of ensuite and studio student accommodation right in the heart of the city. For more information, contact us today by calling 01524 541251 or email info@cityblock.co.uk.

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New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Ok, so 2015 is here – still no sign of flying cars and Hoverboards, but they’ll come, right? We’ve been promised them in all those sci-fi films, and since when have movies ever lied? Chances are, by this late stage  in the year you’ve given up on all those totally commendable but unrealistic resolutions. So how about lowering your ambitions just a tad and trying these resolutions instead, like…

 

Watch That Film You Always Meant To

There are some films that everyone else, it seems, has seen. And once they’ve seen it, they won’t stop banging on about how you just have to see it – or else all the raccoons in the rainforest will perish. Or something. This year, just take the plunge. Watch that film, it’ll probably be on Netflix anyway. And hey, you might actually enjoy it.

 

Sleep In

Early mornings are for the birds – literally. So why not just set those alarms a little later, and enjoy the cosiness of your bed for longer? Hey, it’s winter, it’s freezing outside, and the mornings are blacker now than they are on the dark side of moon. Might as well stay under the duvet.

 

Order Takeaway Once a Week

Cooking can be a serious chore. Especially when you’ve just written a 2000-word essay or read through the entire collection of Bronte novels. So treat yourself to a takeaway – you deserve it. Crack open the laptop, or download an app, and you can do it without ever having to shift position from the couch. Or talk to anyone. Bonus!

 

Buy Your Buddy a Drink

Want to be sociable? Just go right ahead and take your best-mate out to the pub. All year round they put up with all your incomprehensible superstitions like touching red whenever you see a Royal mail van all year round, so treat them to the drink of their choice. Coke, Kopparberg, Champagne, it’s their call. That’s what friends are for – and they may buy you one right back too.

 

Waste Time on Youtube

Let’s face it, we’re all gonna do this one anyway, right? So might as well make it official and call it a New Year’s resolution. In between all of your studies, you need some you-time – and what better way than with Youtube? Whether it’s a Nostalgia Critic marathon or watching hours of videos of cats doing cat thing in a catty way, it’s perfect for unwinding after a long day at class.

 

Ditch New Year’s Resolutions

Man, aren’t you sick of all those failed resolutions, the ones that are just too hard to keep? This year, make your New Year’s resolution a promise to yourself not have any New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to call your mum every week, or quit the smokes, or study more you can – and you don’t need 2015 to be the excuse to do it!

 

Ready for the New Year? What do you plan to do to make 2015 seriously special? Here at CityBlock we’ve resolved to make this year the best ever for our residents. If you’re looking for awesome student accommodation in Leicester or Lancaster, then we’ve totally got you covered. For more information, just get in touch by calling (Leicester) 0116 251 7270 or (Lancaster) 01524 541 251 or email info@cityblock.co.uk and our team will be delighted to assist you.

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WHAT’S ON LEICESTER: February 2015

‘Sup student, welcome back! …How was your Christmas?

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Yup. We hear ya, fat cat!

Christmas feels like some sort of magical dream lost somewhere amidst the January deadlines, the student-loan waiting game and the once again blurry antics of your New Year’s Resolution fails, but don’t worry! Only 344 days ‘til the next winter wonderland, eh?

Anyway, as we’re sure you’re all being perfect humans since you’ve been back (meeting your deadlines, going to the gym and recycling your plastics from your cardboards…) we thought we’d give you a little heads up as to the delightful things you can look forward to next month.

So, get your diaries out – here are a few early-Feb dates for all the Leicester-lovers!

Firebug Pub Quiz – Every Tuesday

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If you’re bored at home, or just fancy a ‘hooray we survived Tuesday’ pint – get yourselves down to the Firebug for their weekly pub quiz. After all, you’ll learn some things (so it definitely counts as extracurricular activities…) and your team ‘The Hunks’ will probably lose – but it’s all about the taking part, right?

P.s Don’t forget Firebug’s Comedy Night with Gareth Richardson on the 7th Feb, guys! For more information – visit the Firebug website.

Leicester Uni Food Chain Bar Crawl – 6th February 2015

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FANCY DRESS THEME: THE FOOD CHAIN

MEET AT: The Corn Exchange @ 8pm

When it comes to fancy dress themes, this one’s got to be one of the weirdest, but hey! When at uni… So, the plan is – 1st years dress up as plants, 2nd years as herbivores and 3rd and 4th years as carnivores – and you go out, as one big, hot, food chain mess, and get drunk! (Gutted if you’re a plant, but at least you’ll be a big, impressive carnivore in a few years time!)

For more information, visit the Leicester Student Union’s page.

Moscow State Circus @ Curve Theatre – 6th – 8th February 2015

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Arguably the greatest and most famous circus show on earth, Moscow State Circus is set to hit Leicester with its latest production, ‘Park Gorkogo’! So, if you fancy a little culture and looking to do something a bit different with your evening, why not?

For more information or to book tix – visit the Curve Theatre website.

DSU Charity Tandem Skydive @ Langar Airfield – 11th February 2015

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Fancy yourself as a bit of an adrenaline junkie? If so, why not get involved in the DSU charity tandem skydive in aid of RAG week? The jump costs just £50, and all proceeds go to the wonderful Joe Humphries Memorial Trust – so, if you’re looking to fill your 2015 with worthwhile endeavours – this is it!

For more information, visit the DSU Student Union’s website and contact the organisers!

Jeremih LIVE @ Club Republic – 11th February 2015

If you’re a fan of the US artist, he’s set to take the stage at Leicester’s No.1 nightclub, bringing his floor filling anthems from 10pm – 4am. Tickets are £12 with booking fee, so if you fancy a night of droppin’ and twerkin like ya just don’t care – you got it! Let’s hope he brings Fiddy with him.

For the haters – if you’re 100% sure you don’t know who he is… watch the vid above and prepare to be ashamed. You got this!

Book your tickets over on the Skiddle website.

Don’t forget to tune in again soon for a few more Feb-tastic diary dates, lads and lasses! Here at CityBlock, we’re proud to be one of the leading providers of quality, modern and innovative student accommodation in Leicester and Lancaster. So, if you’d like a little more information or want to book a room – get in contact with our friendly team on 0116 251 7250 or email us at info@cityblock.co.uk!

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Happy Christmas from the CityBlock Team!

Is it just us, or does Christmas seem to have snuck up this year with all the ‘soft-footing’ that you’d expect from a last minute essay deadline? Sure, you’ve known about it for months, and it’s never been forgotten about, but it’s just sooooooooo far away…expect then it’s not so far away and you’re scrambling around in the throes of a dreaded ‘all nighter’. Ringing any bells this Christmas? It sure does with us, as we seriously can’t believe where the last 12 months have gone!

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For most of you, university term is well and truly over, and you’ll have jetted back off to the safety and security of a Christmas at home. Admit it, you missed the old place right? Right?! For others of you, going home might not be possible, so it could well be the case that you’re sticking around on your university turf. Don’t let the home-birds tell you different; Christmas at uni can be great. No matter how comfy your standard family celebrations are, a change can make all the difference.

Regardless of how you’re spending this year’s festive season, the team here at CityBlock would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas! Sure, we know that you probably won’t be reading this for a while, ‘cos you’re doubtless running around in a whirlwind of last-minute Christmas shopping, but we really hope that you have a great festive season. Forget the essays that you should have been on top of already, and relax (just don’t tell your lecturers that we told you…).

Lancaster Christmas

Of course, Christmas doesn’t last forever, but that’s OK, as New Year is an excuse to party as well, and we trust that 2015 will be another great year for you. More nights out, more friends made, more essays to churn out….wait, forget that last one. We know we’re certainly looking forward to the next 12 months, and it’s our intention to continue to bring you the very best options for student housing in Lancaster too. Whether you’re already using our accommodation or are thinking of looking into our facilities very soon, we’ve got you covered for not only the next 12 months, but way beyond that as well. We’re always looking to bring you even more value for money, so watch this space!

Once again, we hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2015 (perhaps for the very first time). See you all soon…

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The Best Christmas Sandwiches of 2014

Alright, so this blog may be a little out-there compared to our usual afternoon-reading material, but if you’re anything like us –you’ll know that no Christmas is complete without a good old Christmas sarnie, or two!

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When facing that hung-over walk home from last night’s party, there’s no better glisten of Christmas cheer than spotting that turkey-goodness on the shelf; packed full of stuffing, cranberry and all the trimmings in a beautiful bed of carbohydrate heaven. We’re looking at you, Greggs! But, as any sandwich connoisseur will know – there’s nothing more heartbreaking than a bite into tasteless turkey and dried-up stuffing disappointment.

So, as a little ‘From CityBlock To You’, we’ve put together 4 of the best festive feasts that promise to make the run up to the jingle-season a little more bearable! *Disclaimer: Vegetarians look away now, there’s a whole lot of festive meat on its way.

The Christmas Triple – Sainsburys

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If you’re the indecisive type, the Sainsbury’s Christmas Triple is sure to be the festive-filling you’re looking for! Sure, it ain’t your Nan’s cooking, but if you’re on lunch and feeling a little ‘I’m-hungry-and-I-want-something-Christmassy’ – it’s perfect! A calorie-tastic salmon, cheese and turkey feast in one very festive box. Nice.

Turkey Feast – With Turkey, Bacon & Cranberry Sauce – Boots

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Call me Scrooge, but when it comes to a festive sandwich, hold back on the Cranberry sauce a little! There’s nothing worse than soggy bread and too much cranners, so if you like more filling than sauce on your sarnie – behold, the sandwich for you! They’re pretty easy-going on the berry front, so you’ve got a juicy-ish sandwich with some other flavours you can actually taste. It’s in the meal deal too, so if you’re looking for a cheap but filling dins – Boot’s will sort you out!

The Festive Bake – Greggs

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Oh come on! We know it’s not a sandwich, but what gets you more in the festive spirit than this little guy? Greggs hit jackpot when they made this little pastry devil, and we anticipate its return from at least August every year! Priced at only £1-something, it’s the epitome of Christmas, without having to spend a fortune. Yes! Tip: Order one when they’ve just come out of the oven. Mmm, warm festive bake goodness.

*Drumroll* and the winner is…

The Boxing Day Leftover Creation – Do It Yourself

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Sure, the supermarket sandwiches are alright for those busy lunch breaks to get you through the working week, but when it comes to the real king of festive sandwiches – we all know that nothing quite beats your own ‘pile everything left over from Christmas on two slices of bread’ culinary creation. Utilise your leftovers in the best way and create what a real festive sandwich should taste like! You’ll love it – but if you’re struggling for inspiration – check out Nigel Slater’s tasty Boxing Day recipe!

So, that should be enough festive advice to keep you going ‘til New Year, and after that – you’ll be back at uni with enough Tupperware dishes full of mum’s cooking in the freezer to last you ‘til summer! Here at CityBlock, we are proud to be one of the leading providers of quality, modern and affordable student accommodation in Leicester and Lancaster. We’re currently taking bookings for 2015, so for more information, or to speak to one of our friendly team – get in contact with us on 01524 541 251 for Lancaster and 01162 517 270 for Leicester today!

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3 Things You Hate About Christmas – Cheer Up, Students!

Hey first years, congrats – you’ve survived 3 months! Later year students – we’re guessing you know this end-of-first-term dilemma all too well…

The end of your first term back at university always seems to come round too quickly, demanding that you exit the hazy student life of Basic’s Vodka and UV parties you have so fondly discovered, and return home to a house of rules, low percentage wine and a little bit too much Christmas cheer.

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Although, as a student, this part of term isn’t always the most festive and enjoyable! From deadlines and end-of-student-loans to buying secret Santa’s for a flatmate you now hate over an argument about the heating – Cheer up! Here’s our little guide to helping you embrace the festive cheer and ditch those end-of-term depression feelings ‘til next year… at least!

December Deadlines… And January Deadlines

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Nothing sucks quite as much as anticipating the Christmas spirit along with a cheeky end-of-term deadline, or two! While you should be enjoying the season, decorating the tree and scoffing ‘pigs in blankets’, you’re stuck in the library listening to something heavy, emotional and as unlike Mariah Carey as you can possibly get!

The answer?

So you met your December deadline (just!) and now you’ve got a 5,000 word essay looming over your head for the first week back… But, let’s face it – You’ll procrastinate until your back at uni anyway, and even then you’ll find every little excuse to log into Facebook, so just enjoy Christmas! (Because you’re definitely not going to do your work until the last-minute at this time of year anyway!)

Going Home to A House of Rules

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At uni, you can live young, live free and live however you wish… until you return home! While going back means a fully-stocked fridge and a bill-free existence (for a while!) – it also comes with a lovely set of rules you have got pretty used to living without, and a lovely set of rules that are further enforced when family members you’ve never met before come round to visit!

The answer?

Although these rules may seem a little unreasonable, the way you and your one-man wolf pack have been living since September probably isn’t great. So go on, let mum and dad look after you like you’re 12 again! It’s only for a week or so, and you may even get that awesome Christmas present you’ve been hinting at all year, eh?

The Student vs. Family Festivities

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When it comes to Christmas cheer, there’s always that one flatmate who will attempt to lift up the depressing winter spirits of a student house at Christmas. Like a budget-Santa, they’ll return home from Wilko’s with a sack full of cheap tinsel and discount baubles – and by the time they’ve finished, the house will look even more depressing than it did before. The best bit is when you’re expected to financially contribute to the festive-tat that is strewn from every lampshade, windowsill and banister. Ah, festive spirit!

The answer?

Enjoy going home for Christmas! Enjoy the beautiful decorations, the tasty food, the warm and cosy living room and of course, Sky television! See your mates, go down your local and embrace your old life. Christmas only comes once a year so get involved! And focus on the uni work when you get back! (Ssshh, we didn’t say that last bit!)

Here at CityBlock, we’re proud to be one of the leading providers of quality, modern and affordable student living in the heart of Lancaster and Leicester. We’re currently taking bookings for next year, so if you’re looking for Leicester or Lancaster University accommodation – get in contact with our friendly team today on 01524 541 251 for Lancaster and 01162 517270 for Leicester today!

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A Christmas Movie for Everyone

Living in student digs means you’re definitely-definitely going to be co-habiting with an eclectic bunch of others. Even if you’re all mates, sharing accommodation, your tastes are still going to be a little different, right? So when someone casually mentions having a Christmas movie night – and they will! – you’re going to get a massive war between various tribes fighting for their favourite to be on the list. So who’s got what this year? Only one way to find out…

 

Love, Actually

Sure, it’s a saccharine travesty but some people actually enjoy Love, Actually – written by Richard Curtis after Blackadder ended and he tragically lost his sense of humour in a freak gardening accident. For some, this film truly captures the magic of Christmas. These people are sentimentalists and idealists and absolutely wrong. But hey, it’s Christmas, which is all about sharing. Apparently.

 

Die Hard

Die Hard – also known as Bruce Willis’ finest big-screen outing – is often found on lists of the best Christmas films. And sure, we know it’s a total fudge since Christmas makes up precisely 0.0000037% of the actual movie, but hey, if you’re living with guys and gals who dig on a bit of action, this is sure to please ‘em. At least it won’t be a total schmaltz-fest. ‘Cause who wants ‘emotions’ and ‘feelings’ when you’ve got Bruce Willis with a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho.

 

The Star Wars Holiday Special

No. Oh, God, no. Just… No. If one of your flat-mates even sarcastically suggests watching The Star Wars Holiday Special, stuff a stocking in their mouth and hang them from the Christmas tree by their hair.

 

Gremlins

These days it’s cool to not care, right? So what better way to see in the festive season by checking out Gremlins. A stone-cold Christmas classic without any of the usual sentimental business – well, just enough for a Hollywood film, at least. Excellent effects, fun story, memorably mad characters, and probably the saddest Christmas story you’re ever likely to hear. This should please most people in the flat – except the one girl whose dad used to dress up as Santa Claus…

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

For some, Christmas is all about tradition. When they’re playing Monopoly they’re always the top hat; they always buy Harvey’s Bristol Cream for their mum every year; they always put the star on the top of the tree; and they always watch Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. So you’ll have no choice but to sit down and watch this black-and-white classic in which a depressed jimmy Stewart is a shown a world in which he didn’t exist. Turns out everyone means something to someone. Aww.

 

Looking forward to Christmas now? If you’re not living with your uni flat-mates yet, it’s an experience you’ll want to try. We’re already taking bookings for next year. Get ahead of the game by booking up Lancaster Uni or DMU accommodation now. Simply get in touch with us on (Lancaster) 01524 541 251 or (Leicester) 01162 517 270. Alternatively, drop us an email at info@cityblock.co.uk  and one of our awesomely professional staff will be more than happy to help.

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Cheap days out in and around Leicester

Going to university isn’t all about studying; you get to embrace living in a new city and experience another part of the country. So, you’ll be happy the know that there are many cheap days out to enjoy in and around Leicester…some won’t even cost you a penny!

The best cheap days out in and around Leicester include:

The National Gas Museum – Leicester

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For an interesting and educational day out, pay a visit to the National Gas Museum situated in Leicester. You can learn all about the history and heritage of this industry; we recommend this if you’re studying history, science or sociology…or if you’re just interested in learning more about local Leicester – after all, it’s your home for the next 3 years or so!

Website: http://nationalgasmuseum.org.uk/

Price: Free

Abbey Park – Leicester

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Leicester is home to many fantastic parks where you can enjoy anything from a leisurely stroll, to a picnic, or even a game of football with your friends. What’s the best thing about a park? It’s free! Plus it’ll get you out into the fresh air for a bit and give you a break from your studies!

Website: http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/parks-green-spaces/main-parks/abbeyparkmain/

Price: Free

New Walk & Art Gallery

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The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is a fantastic day out – especially for budding artists and art students, or if you’re just interested in seeing something a little bit different. It’s a fantastic place to take your family if they’re visiting for the weekend.

Website: http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/nwm-art-gallery/

Price: Free

Tropical Birdland – Desford

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Lovers of wildlife should definitely take a trip to Tropical Birdland in Desford. Here you will find an array of stunning tropical birds including parrots, toucans, and owls. With 250 birds there is so much to see, do and experience! Go with your friends and family for the day – it’s really reasonably priced!

Website: http://www.tropicalbirdland.com/

Price: £7.25adult, £6.25 – student

De Montfort University Climbing Wall – Leicester

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If you fancy a little bit of adventure and learning a new skill, head to De Montfort University to try out the climbing wall! The wall itself is 13 metres high and there are 18 different routes that you can try out. With beginner courses and casual climbing available, it is a fantastic way to learn something new and get fit too!

Website: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/dmu-leisure-centre/climbing-wall/climbing-wall.aspx

Price:  see website.

Experience it All!

So whilst you’re a student at our student accommodation in Leicester, make sure that you take advantage of all the fantastic days out that Leicester has to offer! University isn’t just about getting a degree; it’s also about experiencing new things!

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Cheap days out in and around Lancaster

As a historic city, Lancaster is full of exciting things to see and do which as a student you should really take advantage of! Our student accommodation in Lancaster is perfectly located so you don’t even have to worry about expensive travel costs either!

Lancaster Castle

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Website: http://www.lancastercastle.com/

How many students can claim that they live in a city with a castle? Not many! This is one of the reasons why Lancaster is such a special city. The castle is a fantastic educational experience; it even used to be used as a prison and there are many exciting events that take place at the castle throughout the year; from theatre to concerts and firework displays!

Price: Adult £8.00, Concessions £6.50

Lancaster Priory

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Website: http://lancasterpriory.org/

The priory is one of Lancaster’s oldest buildings and is architecturally beautifully – if you’re studying History, Fine Art or English, we really do recommend a visit as it can be very inspiring! Plus, they hold Christmas carol concerts which are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s free so you can explore this beautiful building without worrying about the cost.

Price: Free

Lancaster Maritime Museum

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Website: http://new.lancashire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums/lancaster-maritime-museum.aspx

A lot of Morecambe and Lancaster’s history stems from the sea, so of course, the Lancaster Maritime Museum is an excellent visit if you would like to find out more about the history and heritage of the city and the surrounding areas.

Price:  Adults £3.00, Concessions £2.00

Butterfly House & Williamson Park

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Website: http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/williamson-park/butterfly-house/

Williamson Park is the home of Ashton Memorial; a stunning monument that overlooks Lancaster – you really must have seen it! Here you will also find the butterfly house which is a great day out; it’s full of exotic butterflies, and you can also visit the reptile house and view the small mammals which are adorable!

Price: Williamson Park – Free, Butterfly House - Adults £3.70, Students £2.70

Morecambe Bay

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http://www.visitlancashire.com/explore/morecambe-bay

You can’t go to Lancaster University and not venture to Morecambe! It might not be the most exotic seaside destination, however it is fantastic place to spend a day at the beach – there are plenty of pubs about where you can go and enjoy a cheap meal, and arcades (they never get old whatever your age!). Go on a coastal walk and look at the stunning view right over the Bay.

Price: Free

Have Fun!

So go on, have a day out with your friends and experience all that Lancaster has to offer! If you’re looking for something a little further afield, don’t worry, Lancaster’s railway station has direct links to the major cities in England and Scotland – if you book well in advantage you can make huge savings on your tickets. Wherever and whenever you choose to spend your free time, we’re certain that you’ll have an amazing time!

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